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BC-IN--Indiana News Digest 1:30 pm, IN

December 30, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Tom Davies is on the desk. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Indianapolis bureau at 317-639-5501, 800-382-1582 or indy@ap.org. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb remains opposed to efforts by state lawmakers to allow medical or recreational marijuana in the state, even such uses are becoming legal in a growing number of other states. The Republican governor says he hasn’t changed his mind even after voters in neighboring Michigan approved a November ballot initiative legalizing the drug’s recreational use. Medical marijuana use is allowed in Michigan and Illinois and has been approved in Ohio. “I’m just not willing to look at that, especially since it is illegal right now according to the federal government,” Holcomb said. Several Indiana legislators support marijuana legalization bills that could be considered during the upcoming General Assembly session that starts in early January. SENT: 450 words.



DETROIT _ Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has rejected Michigan’s offer of $8 million to support a project to keep invasive carp from establishing themselves in the Great Lakes, saying the money wouldn’t be useful for at least 10 years. Rauner said in a letter to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder that the offer to support operations at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, wouldn’t help until after an upgrade there is completed in 10 years. Experts consider the area a good location to block movement of Asian carp, which have infested the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Scientists warn that if the voracious fish become established in the Great Lakes, they could ruin native species and harm the region’s $7 billion fishing industry. SENT: 350 words.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ Dairy farmers are a hardy lot. They get up early each day to tend to their animals and never stop working until the end of the day. For generations, hard work and common sense were about all that was needed to ensure dairy farmers could provide for their family. But for the past few years, that formula has been failing, with literally several dairy farms shutting down in Indiana each week and about the same or even more in other dairy producing states, according to Doug Leman, executive director of the Indiana Dairy Producers. By Ed Semmler. South Bend Tribune. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


EAST CHICAGO, Ind. _ Heather Wesley, a steelworker who handles personnel scheduling at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor No. 4 Steel Producing in East Chicago, has premonitions when the phone rings that it’s Jason Reyes. “I have twin telepathy. I know when my kidney is about to call me,” she said. “We’re kidney twins now. He’s the annoying brother I’m stuck with for the rest of my life so we can drive each other crazy.” On Dec. 27 last year, Wesley donated her kidney to Reyes, a colleague and fellow United Steel Worker Local 1010 member she barely knew. By Joseph S. Pete. The (Northwest Indiana) Times. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


_ SCHOOL BUS SAFETY: A state senator plans sponsoring a bill aimed at improving the safety of Indiana’s school buses following the recent deaths of four students.

_ SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION-HAMILTON COUNTY: Construction is a top subject for many schools in the fast-growing northern suburbs of Indianapolis.

_ USA DIVING-SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT: The criminal case against a former Ohio State diving club coach accused of sexual battery of a teenage diver is putting a related federal lawsuit on hold. The lawsuit alleges Indianapolis-based USA Diving didn’t do enough to stop Will Bohonyi.

_ PERE MARQUETTE TRAIN: Planners in southwestern Michigan are trying to keep a passenger train operating between Chicago and Grand Rapids.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ A berth in the AFC playoffs is on the line Sunday night with the loser home for the postseason when the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts meet in the NFL’s final game of the regular season. Andrew Luck also can become the first quarterback since at least 1970 to win his first 11 games against an opponent with a victory for the Colts. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game time 8:20 p.m. ET.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ Lehigh visits second-ranked Notre Dame in a women’s non-conference game. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game started 1 p.m. ET.


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